Non-Fiction - paperback; Penguin; 382 pages; 2001.
Sereny is probably the best investigative journalist writing today and certainly one of the most insightful experts on the Third Reich. This is a collection of her writings during her long career looking at World War II and its aftermath, particularly on the German people.
She has prefaced many of the chapters with her thoughts and recollections of writing the original piece, helping to put the stories into context and giving the readers a brief glimpse of her life as a journalist. From Albert Speer, Hitler's right hand man and architect, to Franz Stangl, death camp commandant, Sereny often goes to extraordinary lengths to gain access to her subjects.
Her research is impeccable. In her quest for truth, Sereny treats her subjects with compassion and sincerity. She is the voice of reason in a world which is normally quick to judge and condemn.
While not Sereny's best piece of work — The German Trauma is too disjointed and "bitty" — it's importance cannot be underestimated revealing, as it does, the tragic legacy of Hitler's regime.